Monday, January 22, 2018

Handmade Paper from the Archives

I was inspired by Lynda Shoup, a mixed media artist, to share some of my handmade paper.  She wrote a post about using silk scraps and wool to make yarn.  What an amazing idea.  I have saved scraps from ribbon embroidery, silk embroidery and cross stitch.  These fibers make beautiful paper when mixed with the paper pulp.  It has been a long time since I have made paper, but I still have lots of fiber scraps.  The purple paper is made mostly from dryer lint.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Happy Birthday Watercolor Card

I created this birthday card for my nephew.  The watercolor background us a blend of Brushos and Ken Oliver's Liquid Metals.  The shimmer and shine in the Liquid Metals is amazing.  There is an awful lot of color packed into the tiny crystals in the Brushos.

I am entering this card in the Watercolor CAS Birthday challenge for January.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Diecuts Galore!

I had some fun cutting diecuts with the Vagabond recently.  I discovered that tiny leaves look amazing when cut from either foil/mirror or glittered cardstock.  My girls have cut quite a few sheets for me so I now have a stash ready to go.

This is a card made using the coppery foil leaves and a Bister background I made.  If you like to watercolor, you should try Bister powders.  They are little jars of happiness in the form of powdered watercolors with wood stains.  They are similar to Brushos and Ken Oliver's Color Bursts, but Bister powders have antique tones.   You can find them at I Brake for Stamps.

A card maker can never, ever have too many cutting dies. The branch with leaves is the die I used for the card above.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cardinal Ornament Card

This was a Christmas card I made for my parents.  I started with a foiled card base and added a simple blue paper layer.  The ornament is a K & Co. dimensional sticker embellished with a twine bow and decorative pine leaves in white.  The iridescent sequins added the final touch.  This one was simple but elegant.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Crocheted Scarf

This is my latest scarf design made using only scraps and leftover yarn.  I made the colorful design up as I went along and it was a lot of fun.  It was great to use up a lot of leftover pieces.  Victoria helped make the pom-poms and I made up some weird pods to dangle with the pom-poms. This scarf was a gift for my oldest daughter, Catherine.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Layering Stamps Note Card Set

I created this set of note cards as a Christmas present for my friend, Zoe.  I used a neutral background layered over a navy blue print.  The rose was stamped in three colors using a layering stamp and the Misti stamping tool.  This tool is perfect for making multiple, identical designs.  These stamps are great for adding dimension and depth.  For the roses, I used a combination of Mementos inks and Distress Oxide ink.  The sentiments were all printed using a LaserJet printer and then foiled with navy blue foil.  Each sentiment banner was edged with more ink.  I think these pretty cards made a nice gift.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Necklaces

 These are my latest jewelry creations.  Dry Gulch has a new epoxy that has a two hour working time and is perfect for tiny crystals and stones.  Each of these pendants is made with crystals and epoxy.  I crocheted some of the necklaces and used some of our beautiful beaded chain for the rest.  You can find fun beading supplies at Dry Gulch.

These earrings were enameled and then decorated with epoxy and crystals.  These are perfectly lightweight.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Masculine Birthday Card

I created this birthday card for my dad.  I started with watercolor paper and used Deco foil gel over a geometric stencil.  It takes several hours for the gel to dry, but when it does, you can add foil for a beautiful look.  Next, I used spray ink from Lindy's Stamp Gang to color the background.  I added die cut gears and a stamped sentiment.

I am entering this card in the latest card challenge at Stamp Ink Paper.  The theme is say no to Christmas. 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas Botanical Card

This is the final card in my botanical print series.  I thought this red and white flower made a perfect Christmas card.  I added red and white flowers and green sprig diecuts.  The green background layer is made using Brushos and spray inks.  I used a layer of gilded vellum over red polka dotted cardstock.  I hope my sister likes it.

I am entering this card in the Christmas card challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown.  The theme is from Oct. 2012, diecuts.  

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

CAS Watercolor Card Challenge

I found a watercolor challenge today so I decided to take a break and design a couple of cards using watercolor backgrounds.  I used Brushos for the green background and colored the bird with markers.  You can find the challenge at CAS Watercolour Card Challenge.  The design team members have created some beautiful cards to inspire you.  The challenge ends on Dec. 24.

This card was also made using Brushos.  I also added a little distress ink.  I cut the snowflake from glitter paper using a cutting die and the Vagabond.  The thanks sentiment is from a rub-on.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Red Botanical Card

This is the next piece I created using the botanical prints from Biodiversity Heritage Library.  The soft red tones of the background paper blend well with the print.  There is a layer of watercolored cardstock under the flowers and I once again used the gilded vellum.  I distressed the edges of the print using a Tim Holtz distressing tool and the edged it with distress inks.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Purple Botanical Card

This is the second botanical card I created using the botanical prints from Biodiversity Heritage Library.  I layered a gilded vellum piece over purple patterned cardstock.  The dark purple layer behind the print is a watercolored piece made with Brushos watercolors.  The powdered colors are rich and vibrant. 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Blue Botanical Card

I was fortunate to come across a Facebook post this morning that showed beautiful botanical prints that have recently been published by the Biodiversity Heritage Library.  The prints are from Flore d'Amerique by Etienne Dennise published in 1843.  There are many prints of beautifully colored flowers and fruits.  They are all available for public use.  This is the first of my botanical card series, so check back for more vintage inspired designs.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Thank You Cards

I created a couple of thank you cards at the request of a co-worker.   The colors were blue and green and I found flowers for both of them.  I added diecut leaves to the first card and glittered washi tape to the second card.  I used Distress ink to accent the edges of both sentiments.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Crocheted Elephant Project

I recently completed this cute little crocheted elephant stuffed doll for my grand daughter, Lilly.  This is the second animal I have made for her.  The pattern is available on Etsy in the DioneDesign store.

Here are all of the parts piled up while I was working on stuffing the pieces and the poor elephant without arms or legs.  The entire project took a few weeks to complete and was a lot of fun.  I plan to make a giraffe next.  

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Nested Eggs Card

I had the Silhouette Cameo machine out this weekend and I was able to cut some pretty new leaf shapes.  The teal colored eggs have been glittered and go well with the sparkly card base.  This one is a departure from my preferred multi-dimensional cards, but it will fit perfectly in a regular envelope. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween Fun

Halloween cards were mailed early this year.  I used a new spider web cutting die along with a creepy spider for this card.  I like to make dimensional pieces, but this one had to go in a regular envelope.  The sequins added a little something extra and still kept the piece flat.

This was a fun sewing project for the girls.  Victoria, Elizabeth and Anna all worked on this table runner.  The top is flat, but the dangling witch legs are stuffed.  

This beautiful piece of art was made by Victoria.  She used Brushos and Colorbursts for the watercolor design.  The bat and sentiment were rubber stamped.  This made the perfect invitation for our Halloween party.

These fun candy corn bottles were made by Alexandra.  She used three different colors of spray paint on old bottles for a cute decoration.

The last thing we made is this pennant garland made from fabric.  The girls can do wonders with a sewing machine.  The fabric was all from Walmart.  Spooky fun!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Diecut Card

This pretty little card is loaded with diecuts.  The pink background diecut is from a Recollections paper pad.  The green flourish is something I cut with the Silhouette Cameo machine.  The sentiment was layered over a piece of foam and printed using my laser jet printer.  Sometimes I like to stamp, but sometimes it is nice to use the printer.  The flower is from K & Co. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Feel Better Card

This is my latest card made for a friend.  I used ledger paper because she works in accounting.  I distressed the edges of everything to give it that vintage feel.  The buckle is a piece I have had for a long, long time.  I finally found the perfect use for it.  This is exactly why I can't throw any craft supplies away. 🌝

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Beading Party Necklaces

Today was spent making pretty jewelry with lots of creative friends.  All of these necklaces feature semi-precious stones linked between tiny chain.  These are nice and short, perfect for any outfit.

I was inspired to create this necklace when I saw the bat and the vintage washer.  I linked crystals between vintage amber colored chandelier chain.  This chain came from our family farm in Illinois.